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Tequila

Tequila is a Mexican spirit, made with the blue agave or “agave tequilana” from where the drink gets its name. Tequila is produced in the area surrounding the city of the same name, and in the Mexican highlands.

Tequila was first produced in the 1500s, near what is now the city of Tequila. The agave plant had been used in the preparation of alcoholic drinks for centuries; in fact the Aztecs had made a fermented drink from it called octli. In around 1600, the Marquis of Altamira, Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle, first mass produced tequilas in a factory he founded in Jalisco.

The agave plant is still harvested by hand, by workers called "jimadores" They work carefully to harvest the small Agave offspring without damaging the parent plant. The exact time of the harvest is very important, because if the agave plants are gathered too early in the season, the natural sugars will have yet to develop, and if it is gathered too late, the natural sugars will have already been used up by the plant.

The agave plants are then shredded and pressed and the juices are fermented in vats. More traditional companies still crush the plants with an old-fashioned stone wheel.

The fermented juices are distilled, usually twice, though sometimes three times. Tequila is often barrel aged, and this helps develop the flavours and aromas of the drink.

Centinela 3 Year Old

75cl, 38%
Tequila Centinela SA

The oldest tequila in the Centinela range is the 3 Year Old, made with 100% agave, matured in barrels for 3 years and bottled at 38% ABV. Handsomely packaged, as many Extra Anejo tequilas are wont to…  More info

Centinela 3 Year Old
$140.08

Centinela Anejo

70cl, 38%
Tequila Centinela SA

The Centinela Anejo tequila is made with 100% agave and is aged for around 30 months in barrels previously used for maturing bourbon, before it is bottled. Well suited to sipping neat and being…  More info

Centinela Anejo
$69.60

Hijos De Villa Bullet Reposado

70cl, 38%
Licores Veracruz

Just when we thought the Hijos de Villa Tequila Reposado Pistol was the ultimate accessory... they bring out the ultimate accessory for the ultimate accessory! Use this bullet-shaped 70cl bottle…  More info

Hijos De Villa Bullet Reposado
$29.93

Sauza Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Sauza

Sauza's Reposado Tequila from their premium Tres Generaciones range is a sweet, spicy spirit, triple-distilled from 100% blue agave and aged in American oak barrels for at least four months.  More info

Sauza Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila
2
$60.96

Maracame Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Maracame

Spending 18 months ageing in oak casks, this Añejo Tequila from Maracame has taken on a wealth of rich, evocative notes of baked agave, caramel, coconut and cinnamon. A top-quality Añejo from a very…  More info

Maracame Añejo Tequila
$82.32

Jose Cuervo Tradicional (50cl)

50cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

A less well known tequila from Cuervo, Tradicional is a reposado, matured in white oak barrels.  More info

Jose Cuervo Tradicional (50cl)
2
$24.74

Gran Centenario Reposado

70cl, 38%
Gran Centenario

Great reposado Tequila aged for around 6 months in white oak. It is well balanced, and made using agave from plants which were at least 10 years old.  More info

Gran Centenario Reposado
6
$40.01

Tapatio Reposado Tequila

50cl, 38%
La Altena

Kept in casks that previously held bourbon for four months, Tapatio Reposado Tequila works fantastically in cocktails and by itself.  More info

Tapatio Reposado Tequila
$26.67

AquaRiva Reposado

70cl, 38%
AquaRiva

Produced by the AquaRiva company, this is a stunning Reposado Tequila. It is made with pure spring water and 100% Blue Weber Agave plants sourced from the Mexican Jalisco Highlands.  More info

AquaRiva Reposado
$30.17

Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila

70cl, 38%
Sauza

A clean, fresh-tasting silver tequila from Sauza's premium Tres Generaciones range. This is 100% blue agave, triple distilled and very well balanced.  More info

Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila
1
$58.28

Ocho Single Barrel - Los Fresnos Añejo - 2013 Harvest

70cl, 54.50%
Ocho

A single barrel, 2013 harvest bottling of Añejo tequila from the Ocho range. This edition comes from Rancho Los Fresnos, which was distilled at Destileria La Altena and matured in the cask for 12…  More info

Ocho Single Barrel - Los Fresnos Añejo - 2013 Harvest
$85.85

Don Julio 1942 Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Julio

The Top Cuvée from Veteran Producer Don Julio.  More info

Don Julio 1942 Tequila
4
$126.47

La Chica Tequila Blanco

70cl, 38%
La Chica

La Chica Blanco is a tasty silver tequila which works well in cocktails.  More info

La Chica Tequila Blanco
$18.53

Gran Maracame Platino Tequila

70cl, 38%
Maracame

A super-premium release from the Maracame brand of tequila, all of which are adorned by a beaded decoration made by the Huichol community. The Gran Maracame Platino expression is a fine blend of aged…  More info

Gran Maracame Platino Tequila
$190.48

Villa Lobos Reposado

70cl, 40%
Villa Lobos

Villa Lobos Reposado tequila from Carlos Camarena, the mind behind other favourites like Tapatio and Ocho Tequila. The Villa Lobos range spend at least 6 months resting in tanks before being aged in…  More info

Villa Lobos Reposado
2
$39.20

Tequila XQ Blanco

70cl, 40%
Hacienda de Oro

An unaged, 100% blue agave tequila from the Tequila XQ brand, presented in a particularly funky bottle. This Blanco expression is bright with agave, fruit and subtle white pepper notes. Please…  More info

Tequila XQ Blanco
$39.22

Olmeca Blanco

70cl, 38%
Olmeca Tequila

A silver tequila from Olmeca, this is unaged tequila from the Jalisco highlands. Great in a margarita.  More info

Olmeca Blanco
$25.57

Herradura Plata

70cl, 40%
Herradura

Produced by Casa Herradura in the Sierre-Madre mountain range, this fine Plata Tequila is aged for forty days in oak barrels before bottling. It is distilled from nothing but 100% blue agave plants…  More info

Herradura Plata
$41.22

Gran Patrón Piedra Extra Añejo

70cl, 40%
Patrón

The first extra añejo tequila produced by Patrón - Piedra. It's made from 100% blue weber agave from the highlands of Jalisco. To mature this well-aged expression, they use both American and French…  More info

Gran Patrón Piedra Extra Añejo
$297.38

Sierra Milenario Tequila Blanco

70cl, 41.50%
Destilerias Sierra

Triple distilled, 100% blue agave tequila from Sierra's Milenario range. Very high quality blanco tequila, suitable for sipping, but also for splashing in cocktails.  More info

Sierra Milenario Tequila Blanco
$59.64

Sauza Hornitos Reposado

70cl, 38%
Sauza

100% agave tequila from one of the most consistent producers in Mexico.  More info

Sauza Hornitos Reposado
2
$29.48

Don Julio Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Julio

Citrussy and fresh, Don Julio's Blanco tequila was rated as "Classic" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This is their highest commendation, and it was awarded after their noted critic, F Paul Pacult after…  More info

Don Julio Blanco Tequila
2
$50.56

AquaRiva Reposado Handmade Tequila

70cl, 40%
AquaRiva

AquaRiva's premium tequila is made from selected 8 year old blue agaves and apparently "if you love life you will love" this Reposado, rested for over 6 months in oak casks. Yay, life!  More info

AquaRiva Reposado Handmade Tequila
$33.65

La Cava de Don Agustin Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Tequila Supremo

Unaged tequila from the Don Agustin range, produced in Jalisco. Made from 100% agave and not even shown a barrel before it was bottled, this tequila would feel right at home at the centre of your…  More info

La Cava de Don Agustin Blanco Tequila
$41.83

La Cava Don Agustin Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Tequila Supremo

A sleekly presented Añejo tequila from the Don Agustin range, produced in Jalisco using 100% agave. Having aged for at least 12 months, this Don Agustin expression has developed a depth of flavour…  More info

La Cava Don Agustin Añejo Tequila
1
$57.58

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